Sunday, May 15, 2022
Battle of Alberta is Back, Baby!
Tap tap. Is this mic on? Hello? Hello?
Look, when Fenwick and I started this blog way back on the eve of the 2005-06 season, we were cautiously optimistic that the Battle of Alberta might be meaningful again after a 15 year hiatus. And it almost played out perfectly until the Flames cocked it up against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round. Turns out that was a blessing since the Flames fans didn't really want another playoff run anyway (nope, I am never going to let that one go. Never). Little did we know that it would take another 16 years for it to finally happen. Li'l Miss Sacababy, who was born that very spring (on the morning of a Battle of Alberta, no less) is now legally allowed to drive. Yeesh.
Anyway, as a refresher for those of you who were still in short pants, the 8th seeded Oil put together a heater that was an awful lot of fun to watch. Hometown hero Fernando Pisani put the team on his back and they rode his Cinderella slippers, Smytty's mullet, and Chris Pronger's (*spit*) orbs all the way to the Cup Finals, where they finally ran out of gas in Game 7 after an untimely injury to Rollie the Goalie. The Flames went golfing.
I'm told by reliable sources that after that loss the Oilers had a few underwhelming seasons, but I can't say I really noticed. And anyway, that's all water under the bridge.
The point is, for the first time since 1991(!), the Battle of Alberta is going to happen on NHL playoff ice. This is glorious. And it means that this blog can finally live its best life instead of twiddling its thumbs talking about fancy stats and arena financing.
Sacamano's series prediction: 4-2 Oilers.
Key to the game: I'm sure the young kids will use their instaface and tock-tick accounts to make some sort meme, but I'm sticking with the resurrection of Stan Weir's mojo as my lucky talisman.
This is great. As an old, I miss blogs, and this one more than most. Welcome back, even if it's just for a brief duration.
Also, my learned friend from Calgary is correct re: the Oilers.
I'd like to respectfully concur with my fine colleagues Kent W and robert cleave vis a vis the Oilers. Respectfully.
I was late to the blog party but always admired from a distance. I’m a tickled that I get to witness this blog happen in real time. It goes without saying that flames are godless trolls and their fans have no teeth. They also flattened my bike tires as an 8 year old in Whitehorn after I wore an oilers jersey to school. My hate runs deep and true. Oil in 5.
“Break out the fine china, chill the lemonade, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree. Cos this boy’s coming home to his ladies. Coming home forever.”
Congrats to the Falmes on their 4th trip past the 1st round in 33 years. Pretty special. Six round wins in that time. "...and now for the other hand..."
Somehow I had never noticed that this weblog was founded 14 years after the last actual playoff battle.
Just want to say it's great to see so many old familiar names in the comments. But where is Reggie Jr.??
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